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Gylfi Sigurdsson revealed a quick conversation with new Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas was enough to convince him to turn his back on Liverpool and sign for Tottenham.
The 22-year-old had agreed a £6.8m move to Swansea, where he was on loan last season from Hoffenheim, until boss Brendan Rodgers left for Liverpool and the deal fell through.
Rodgers then tried to take the Iceland midfielder to Anfield before Spurs snatched the playmaker from under their noses after showing him their plans for the future.
"I like him (Andre Villas-Boas) and the ideas he has," Sigurdsson told Icelandic website mbl.is.
"He has faith in me and I'm looking forward to working under his leadership.
"I enjoyed playing under Brendan and I am grateful for everything he has done for me, but after careful consideration I liked Spurs best.
"The team has world-class players in their ranks and they play good football, which I like.
"I was impressed with the club's plans for next season and the coming years. There is clearly great ambition at Tottenham and the club intends to do big things.
"It is a pleasure to see that Gareth Bale has signed a new contract. There are top players in the team and the club is getting a new training ground."